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My introduction

PostPosted: 25 Jan 2017 21:59
by Laurentius
Not sure if this is the place for introductions but here goes.

I generally go by the name of Laurentius on teh interwebs, my backstory so far as an interest in hema is as follows.

I have had a practical interest in blades for some time from a craft perspective in that I enjoy putting handles on blades, tools and for that matter walking sticks and staves. I guess I have had a hankering to own a sword for a long time, but only recently did I take the plunge in buying a cheap semi sharpened bar from Wolflund forge, since when I have treated it to the full antler and crystal treatment with a hilt that resembles nothing seen before. It may not be 100% practical, I would not to fence with it because apart from the fact that decoration has slightly got the better of practicality on the hilt, the balance from what I have been able to determine from various videos is not ideal. The blade profile was not to my liking and I have taken a file to it, but the balance for a bastard sword with a hilt longer than anything you might see in a history book is still around seven inches so I don't think it is as agile as it might be. Then again I don't have the spare income to get a better one and we all have to start somewhere. What I am interested in apart from aesthetics and craft is learning the proper way to wield a long sword (or walking stick for that matter) At the age of 61 with too much experience of arthritis I do not reckon I am up for much sparring, but I do think I have plenty to learn by observation and individual practice. I live in Coventry so whatever is local I would like to know.

Re: My introduction

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2017 01:54
by swordflasher
I'd love to see pictures of your sword, Laurentius - I find Home made projects are so satisfying, practical or not.

Re: My introduction

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2017 08:51
by the_last_alive
Welcome!

If you're in Coventry, there is a club training at The Grange in Balsall Common. http://www.suspensionofdisbelief.co.uk/ ... hting-arts

Re: My introduction

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2017 14:51
by Laurentius
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swordflasher wrote:I'd love to see pictures of your sword, Laurentius - I find Home made projects are so satisfying, practical or not.


Not the best picture, and still a work in progress, but it gives the general idea.

Re: My introduction

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2017 14:55
by Laurentius
the_last_alive wrote:Welcome!

If you're in Coventry, there is a club training at The Grange in Balsall Common. http://www.suspensionofdisbelief.co.uk/ ... hting-arts


I live on the other side of Coventry so I would have to get there by bus and train, which kind of poses another question, how does one carry a sword on public transport?